LibriVox recording of Philo Gubb, Correspondence-School Detective, by Ellis Parker Butler.
Philo Gubb, not being content with his job as wallpaper-hanger, has higher aspirations: to become a detective, just like Sherlock Holmes. To that end, he enrolls in a correspondence course, where he gets lessons through the mail as well as the necessary disguises for a detective. Philo Gubb, not being really clever or intuitive, or even looking good in those disguises, gets involved in one case after the other - and sooner or later happens to stumble on and solve the crime..Each of these stories is a complete mystery unto itself so if you read just one, you will know it's beginning and the unorthodox methods by which Philo Gubb, Correspondence-School Detective solves it using his woeful 'deteckative' (as he puts it) skills (Summary by Ava and Phil Chenevert)
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February 13, 2015 Subject:
One of the few audiobooks I've put aside without finishing
I gave this book up after the second chapter. Imagine Forrest Gump as a detective, but without the folksy wisdom. Imagine a comedic bit being played over and over and over. Then add a bit of racism, and then some fetishization of a woman of non-conventional shape, and it all becomes a bit too wearysome
October 8, 2012 Subject:
Ugh, I didn't care for this at all. The hero is an annoying, 'wheel-spinning, hamster is dead' kind of person. He solves cases, but only by the assistance of providence, and the book overall has a crappy ending.
A few of the chapters had tinny echoes, but most of them were great. I just didn't care for the story.